AMESBURY —- The River Rival equivalent of an Army-Navy football game broke out in Amesbury Saturday afternoon, as the Indians hosted Newburyport in the quarterfinals of the Division 2 North state tournament.
But after a quick start for both teams, it would be all Amesbury from the fifth inning onward to end the Clippers’ season, 11-1.
“We were very shaky in the beginning,” said Indians coach Chris Perry. “But we got it done.”
Amesbury will play the winner of last night’s matchup between third-seeded Burlington and sixth-seeded Dracut Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Martin Field.
Coming off a bye, the second-seeded Indians (19-2) were well-rested for their crosstown rival, the 10th-seeded Clippers (14-7). Amesbury ace Carolina Merrill went to the circle and she was rudely greeted by a double from Kendra Dow on the first pitch. Dow moved to third on a single from Lea Tomasz two batters later then Shelby O’Brien loaded the bases with a single. Dow scored the Clippers’ only run of the day on a sacrifice fly from Carley Siemasko.
Victoria Allman took the ball for the Clippers to welcome the Indians in the bottom of the frame and was greeted by a leadoff single from Amanda Schell. Allman then hit Erin Leary with a pitch to put two runners on before Cassie Schultz scored them both with a double to left field.
Allman would get the next three batters in a row to send Newburyport to the plate. Jackie Krusemark drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a single from Meg Stanton. Dow drew a walk next to load the bases before Krusemark was caught at the plate, while an error by Schultz sent Singer to first to reload the bases before Tomasz popped up to end the threat.